Monday 24 October 2016

Victim of crash was not found for hours

Pat Flynn

Published 01/08/2016 | 02:30

The overturned silver VW at the scene of Friday night’s crash near Miltown Malbay. Photo: Press 22
The overturned silver VW at the scene of Friday night’s crash near Miltown Malbay. Photo: Press 22

A woman who died after her car left the road and overturned into a field late on Friday night was not found for several hours.

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The 56-year-old died after her car left a narrow country road at Shanaway West, near Miltown Malbay in Co Clare. She was named locally as Catherine Lynch, née Pender, from Quilty.

It is understood that the victim lay trapped beneath the overturned car for over two hours before the crash was discovered and reported.

While gardaí have confirmed that the single-vehicle accident happened at about 11pm on Friday, emergency services weren't alerted until almost 2am on Saturday.

The silver Volkswagen left the narrow road and collided with a ditch, before flipping over into a field and landing on its roof.

It is understood that a local man heard a 'bang' at around 11pm but thought nothing of it at the time.

Later however, he went to investigate and discovered a car on its roof in thick overgrowth in a field.

The man raised the alarm and emergency services rushed to the scene.

Gardaí, an ambulance and two units of the fire brigade from Ennistymon attended the incident. Fire crews searched the car and the local area but could find no one inside.

Soon afterwards, emergency crews discovered the victim trapped beneath the vehicle. It appears that she was thrown from the car in the impact.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gardaí from Ennistymon are investigating the tragedy and have appealed for witnesses to contact Ennistymon Garda Station on (065) 707 2180.

Meanwhile gardaí in Cavan were last night investigating a road traffic collision in which a man in his twenties died after the car he was a passenger in struck a wall at Station Road, Cootehill, just before 6pm.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car and a second passenger, also both in their twenties, were injured in the incident.

The fatalities bring to 21 the total number of people who died on Irish roads in July.

Irish Independent

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